Tinnes, McCollum bring home state medals
Nevis' Logan Tinnes and Park Rapids' Jaiden McCollum fulfilled their goals by earning medals during Saturday's finals of the state Class A track and field meet at Hamline University in St. Paul.
Tinnes, a senior who was making his state debut, finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.18. Tinnes qualified for the finals by placing fourth in 15.75 during Friday's preliminaries. Pequot Lakes' Reid Pierzinski won the state title in 14.67 while Ada-Borup/Norman County West's Luke Heitman was second in 14.75 and Two Harbors' Ian Johnson took third in 14.87. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton's Ethan Edeen was fifth in 15.48.
McCollum earned a medal for the second year in a row by placing sixth in the shot put with a throw of 39 feet, 11 inches on her second attempt. McCollum also had throws of 36-8.25, 39-0.25, 39-1.25 and 39-10.50 while fouling on her fifth throw. The Park Rapids junior placed fourth last season with a throw of 40-0.25. Emma Gilbert of International Falls won the state title with a throw of 42-7.75 and was followed by Fairmont's Allison Lardy (41-3), Byron's Ayoka Lee (41-0.25), Pierz's Beth-el Algarin (40-9.75) and Hills-Beaver Creek's Kourtney Rozeboom (40-0.50).
Also during Saturday's finals, Park Rapids freshman Kamree Carlson finished 16th out of 17 throwers in the shot put with a throw of 35-3 on her second attempt. Carlson also had throws of 34-10 and 35-3 in failing to advance to the finals. In the boys meet, the Panthers' 4 x 800 relay team of Seth Breitweser, Matt Benson, Jack Christenson and Adam Jacobi placed 14th with a time of 8:34.82. Mora won the state title in 8:10.75. D-G-F, the Section 8A champion, was 13th in 8:34.04 while St. Charles earned the final state medal by placing ninth in 8:26.90.
During Friday's finals of the 3,200 run, Park Rapids senior Lydia Kantonen placed 16th in 12:19.54 while Tierney Wolfgren of Math & Science Academy took first in 10:41.84. Rochester Area Christian's Madeline Perry claimed the final medal by placing ninth in 11:48.86. Roseau's Ellie Nelson, the Section 8A runner-up, was 11th in 11:53.31. Kantonen placed fifth in this race in 2015 with an 11:39.52.
Park Rapids' 4 x 200 relay team of Hannah Morgan, Abby Eystad, Carlson and McCollum failed to advance to the finals after placing 14th in 1:50.45 during Friday's preliminaries. East Grand Forks, the Section 8A champion, finished 13th in 1:50.40. Pequot Lakes had the fastest preliminary time of 1:44.39 while Providence Academy earned the final spot in the finals by placing ninth in 1:47.70. Pequot Lakes won the state title with a 1:44.23. McCollum and Eystad ran on the Panthers' 4 x 200 relay team that placed 13th in 1:48.90 at state in 2015 while McCollum and Carlson ran in this relay that placed 10th at state in 1:48.13 last spring.
Nevis' 4 x 100 relay team of Tinnes, Kyle Schmidt, Jack DeWulf and Zach Henry also failed to qualify for the finals by placing 17th in 45.71 during Friday's preliminaries. Foley had the top preliminary time of 43.39 while Pelican Rapids, the Section 8A champion, was 15th in 45.02. St. Clair claimed the final spot in the finals by placing ninth in 44.29. Foley won the state title in 43.53. All four Nevis runners were making their state debuts as the Tigers entered as the No. 17 seed out of 17 qualifiers.
Tinnes scored 6 points as Nevis tied for 47th place in the boys team standings while McCollum scored 4 points as Park Rapids tied for 55th place in the girls team standings. Plainview-Elgin-Millville won the boys title with 58 points while Minneapolis Edison won the girls title with 48 points. Other area teams scoring points in the boys meet were Pequot Lakes (second with 42), Ottertail Central (fourth with 35), Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale (tied for 11th with 24), Ada-Borup and Wadena-Deer Creek (tied for 18th with 16), Perham (tied for 31st with 10), Staples-Motley (tied for 34th with 9), D-G-F (tied for 44th with 7) and Northome-Kelliher/Blackduck (tied for 68th with 2). For the girls, Pequot Lakes was second with 41.50 points while Perham (eighth with 30), Staples-Motley (tied for 20th with 16), Roseau (tied for 23rd with 12), Pelican Rapids (tied for 48th with 5), Warroad (tied for 55th with 4), W-DC (tied for 63rd with 3) and Crookston (tied for 72nd with 2) also scored points from this area.
Tinnes entered the state meet as the No. 4 seed out of 17 qualifiers after placing second at the Section 8A meet with a 15.37. Heitman won the Section 8A title in 15.21 while Edeen also advanced by placing third with a qualifying time of 15.38. McCollum was the No. 12 seed out of 17 qualifiers after winning the Section 8A title with a throw of 37-10.
Carlson was the No. 14 seed after placing second at the section meet with a throw of 36-3.75. Kantonen won the section title in 12:12.35 to enter state as the No. 14 seed while Nelson was second in 12:23.21. Park Rapids' 4 x 200 relay team was the section runner-up in 1:50.71 to enter state as the No. 16 seed. East Grand Forks took first in 1:50.20. Park Rapids' 4 x 800 relay team was the section runner-up in 8:34.10 to enter state as the No. 16 seed. D-G-F won the section title in 8:28.70. Nevis' 4 x 100 relay team also was the section runner-up with a time of 46.08 to enter state as the No. 17 seed. Pelican Rapids claimed the section title with a 45.83.